Of pizzas and pubs

And so it is to Bradford
on another winter night
I find myself at Noble Comb
with time to sit and write
It’s fairly packed this evening
with families eating out
and workers sharing pints of beer
their voices raised to shout

The music on the stereo
is not my choice but still
the pizza that I ordered
will satisfy and fill
And the ginger beer was lovely
did its job and reached the spot
whilst I struggled there to finish
the food whilst it was hot

The noise it dissipated
by and by as people went
And me full and defeated
realised I was quite spent
So I finished off my beer
and headed back next door
to the hotel I was staying at
to fall asleep and snore

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Photo – the Noble Comb pub, Shipley (near Bradford), UK – Jempics

Austerity (another casualty)

The Rising Sun at Beeding
is closed and shuttered now
But the stained glass sign outside still hangs
with dignity somehow

Its classic valley views
with a pint come evening time
no longer, sadly, to be seen
when it was at its prime

For now its doors are firmly shut
The beer pumps closed and dry
Another casualty of the times
to bring a tear to eye

But, sad although its closure is
I’m pleased the sign’s still there
As it serves as a reminder
for those who have a care

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The Rising Sun public house at Upper Beeding in Sussex originates from 1857 when it was built as a brewery and ale house. Sadly it closed to the public in 2017, another casualty of UK austerity madness. 

The Tap & Spile

Mirrored lights reflected
in the water here at night
The mystery is magical
and a captivating sight

The Gas Street footbridge shadowed
‘Neath the tower of The Cube
which looms up there behind it
malevolent and huge

But reflected in the water
The Tap & Spile remains
welcoming in the passer-by
to warming log-fire flames

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The Tap & Spile on the Birmingham & Worcester canal side in Birmingham dates from 1821. A ‘spile’ is the small wooden peg used to ‘stop’ or ‘broach’ a keg in order to draw off liquid (such as beer). The Cube, designed by Ken Shuttleworth, was completed in 2010 at a cost of £100 million. 

The Welly

The feet upon the wooden floor
Are moving to the beat
as conversation struggles
for those who’ve found a seat
The man up on the microphone
is getting really loud
But the music’s really throbbing
and is pleasing to the crowd

There’s a lot of different footwear
but one purpose to the fore
To tap and move and dance and spin
on this old wooden floor
And at the Duke of Wellington
with friends in Shoreham here
A lovely time was had by all
with music and a beer

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Ye olde trip to Jerusalem

Underneath the castle walls
in the bright sunshine
Eight hundred years and some have passed
of serving ale and wine

Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem
is the place I mention
The oldest pub in England
stands here with good intention

So whilst visiting fair Nottingham
with a toast to passing years
I spent a pleasant lunchtime
with two of their fine beers

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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham, UK. is carved directly out of the rock underneath the castle. It’s been a pub since 1189 and famously served the Crusaders on their way to Jerusalem.

A half pint of prawns

A half pint of prawns
and a beer in the sun
At the Bridge on a weekend
with Spring just begun

With my wife and two daughters
and the river down low
The tide’s on the turn
and everything’s slow

This is everything that
a weekend should be
In this wonderful place
where we live by the sea

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Pub

Sitting in Hobgoblin
with an IPA
Watching raindrops falling down
here I think I’ll stay
It’s warm and it is cosy
conversation in full stride
So staying here for a few beers
Beats getting wet outside

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‘Hobgoblin’ is a pub in Brighton, East Sussex, UK

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